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Liz Butler

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Will Obama Sell Out the Clean Air Act for a Deal With Congress?

(37) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 5:54 PM

I was going to devote this blog exclusively to the energy speech President Obama delivered at Georgetown University, but there are some disturbing reports in the press today that I need to address first.

Despite public denials from the White House, the AP reports that behind the scenes the...

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Who Wants to Cash in on Gutting the Clean Air Act?

(10) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 10:25 AM

The latest attacks on the Clean Air Act are not about policy or even politics; they're about corruption, plain and simple.

We see these attacks coming from both Republicans and Democrats, but nearly all of them are coming from lawmakers who have received large infusions of cash or...

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Missing From the State of the Union: The Clean Air Act

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 3:12 PM

President Obama has been lavished with praise for his focus on competitiveness and clean energy in his State of the Union Address. In the midst of that praise, however, I must bring up some clear issues of concern.

First, the president has not actually made a concrete promise to protect the Clean Air Act...

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Why the U.S. Must Show Climate Leadership in Cancún

(15) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 9:55 AM

Last year's UN climate change conference in Copenhagen was a disappointment by almost any measure. Like many U.S. progressives, we hoped that things would go differently, but in the end, the U.S. failed to help negotiate anything fair or binding.

So why hinge any expectations onto this year's discussions? Because...

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How big polluters bought the 2010 election

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 1:51 PM

The dust from yesterday's election is settling and it's already clear that we're about to have the most pro-dirty energy Congress we've seen in a long time. As you'd expect, dirty energy companies and their allies are already spinning this election in the press as a rejection of climate and...

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Why Voting Matters for the Climate Movement

(15) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 11:18 AM

Who owns our democracy: Big Business or We the People?

Corporations -- led by Big Oil and Dirty Coal -- are trying to buy this election in plain sight. Their front groups are on target to spend more than $300 million to buy the election -- and this is after...

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Obama's Climate Schizophrenia

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 11:21 PM

The last few days have been something of a roller coaster for the climate movement. On Sunday, October 10th, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the U.S. and around the world to work on fighting climate change and push our leaders to do the same. Then on Monday,...

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Appalachia Is Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 9:53 AM

Two years ago this month, I flew in a helicopter over Appalachian coal country in Kentucky.

After we landed and I drove off, I cried.

I was in Kentucky because the amazing group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) had asked me to come down to see firsthand...

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Where the Climate Movement Gets a Win: Time to Crack Down on Toxic Coal Ash

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 3:44 PM

The Senate's failure to pass a comprehensive climate bill this summer has left the climate movement in a state of introspection as we try to figure out what comes next. Where do we need to focus in the coming weeks?

The answer: take the fight right back to Dirty...

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